Karen Ocamb

The Occupy Movement Is an Incubator for the Nation's New Leaders

Filed By Karen Ocamb | November 17, 2011 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics, The Movement
Tags: 99%, Jackie Goldberg, new leader training, Occupy Wall Street, police brutality

Rachel Maddow on Tuesday night dramatically illustrated the terrible irony of how the Occupy/99% Movement was forced out of an area on the Berkley college campus that is specifically designated as a monument to the 1960s Free Speech Movement (read more about the FSM here jackie-goldberg-on-car-by-ron-enfield.jpegand here).

Jackie Goldberg atop a car during the Free Speech Movement protests of the 1960s in Berkley (Photo by Ron Enfield)

A few weeks ago, journalist Bill Boyarsky walked around Occupy LA and was reminded of Jackie Goldberg, one of the leaders of the Free Speech Movement who became a teacher, head of the LA Unified School District during arguments about AIDS and sex education, an openly gay LA City Councilmember who pushed domestic partnerships and then an important Assemblymember who authored the state's comprehensive domestic partnership legislation. Boyarksky wrote:

What looks like a disorganized mess is, in many respects, a training ground for those who will join the next generation of leaders. They are receiving practical lessons in subjects ranging from getting agreement on a food-serving schedule to dealing with difficult people to organizing protests against what originally brought them together--income inequality and rapacious financial institutions.

What the 99%ers are also learning is how the government - federal and local - will use apparently coordinated military-like force to crackdown on the protesters. But as the Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York's Zuccotti Park (see the brutal police crackdown here) to Oakland and Berkley have indicated - this movement is proving to be an incubator for the nation's leaders of today and tomorrow.

Maddow video after the break.

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